On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the junior class from The Piney Woods School traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, to visit the University of Mississippi.
The students were treated to a fabulous campus tour, led by the admissions staff, and were allowed to meet and ask questions of the Black Student Union. This organization was incorporated as a registered organization on the campus on March 25, 1969.
When the PWS juniors visited, the BSU had just celebrated their 50th year anniversary.
Founded in 1848, Ole Miss holds the banner as the state’s largest university. It is also considered one of the fastest growing institutions in the country.
When it chartered the University of Mississippi on February 24, 1844, the Mississippi Legislature laid the foundation for public higher education in the state. The university opened its doors to 80 students four years later, and for 23 years was Mississippi's only public institution of higher learning. For 110 years, it was the state's only comprehensive university.
Total enrollment on all University of Mississippi campuses, including the UM Medical Center, was 23,136 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Nearly 60 percent of the student body is from Mississippi, and 22.9 percent of students are minorities. The school offers Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees.